Do you renegotiate your cable/cell/internet bills all the time?

Submitted by Coronita on May 3, 2014 - 5:59pm
Yes, I haggle over the plan prices all the time and/or switch over all the time
52% (14 votes)
No, Meh it's not worth my time
48% (13 votes)
Total votes: 27
Submitted by Coronita on May 3, 2014 - 6:12pm.

I was just curious, for those folks that have cell phone and/or cable and/or internet access.

Do you folks regularly price shop your plans against competitors and either call your provider to ask them either price match or switch your service to someone else?

I use to do this more frequently, but in more recent times, I haven't had time to deal with this since I had bigger issues to deal with..

Well, recently, I was looking at my cell and cable and internet bill.... And was surprised that the price went up a bit...It appears my promotional credits for my cell phone and cable/internet expired, and my cable/internet bill jumped to $120/month and my cell phone bill jumped to $75/month.

I called back my cell phone provider and after talking to them, they gave permanent $15 credit for being a loyal customer for the next year another $10 for the next 6 months...So it ends up being $50/month for two lines, unlimited calling and up to 25GB data on one line (none on the other). I asked them if they could just make the price cut permanent so I wouldn't have to go through the hoops of asking for a credit. They rep basically said, unfortunately no, but told me to call back in 6 months to ask for another credit...

I think when I call back my cable/internet, I can probably knock that down to $90-100/month too the same way...

So I think I can manage to knock off about $400-500/year in expenses just back haggling with the providers.. But as time passes, it gets kinda old... Then again $200-500, is 1 set of tires for a miata :)..It's like clipping coupons, which I hate to do, but I know if I do it, I can save money...

You think it's worth it or not? (yes, the other option is to cut the cable tv cord... considering it...)....

Submitted by spdrun on May 3, 2014 - 7:06pm.

Sure it's worth it, but it has to be considered against time spent... I've never negotiated a discount on a cell bill, but I recently switched from ATT to T-mo because they had unlimited phone and 1GB of data (don't need more since I can jump on WiFi pretty regularly) for about half the price of an equivalent plan from ATT if I bought my own handset. Used Android GSM phones be cheap on EBay.

Never had cable service, but I have to keep re'uping my landline phone and Internet service annually to keep the "new customer discount." Otherwise it goes up to something stupid like $90/mo.

Submitted by CA renter on May 4, 2014 - 1:11am.

Worth it, but I don't do it much, either. The CS rep told me the same thing -- to keep calling back to renegotiate the price, but I just don't have the time to spend hours on the phone trying to get $10-$15 (maybe more!) knocked off our bill. They count on most of us not wanting to go through the hassle, of course, which is probably why CS tends to get worse and worse over time. Just my 2 cents.

Submitted by UCGal on May 5, 2014 - 10:18am.

I switched cell to a discounted carrier (Ting - uses Sprint network)... that dropped my bill in half.

I have had ZERO luck with cable and am getting ready to cut the cord. I bought a cable modem when they raised the price of rental. While I was returning their modem I tried to negotiate a deal - they said I had the cheapest. I called BS.

I'm paying an outrageous amount for cable/internet. I don't rent their settop box - but do rent a cable card to use with my tivo. I have standard internet. The bill is sucktastically high.

Unfortunately I like the tivo interface - so I don't want to switch to dish or uverse (which don't have cablecards.) But might just switch to OTA and then I'll only be ripped off for internet prices.

Submitted by an on May 5, 2014 - 10:27am.

I don't negotiate cell phone bill, since I can't stand any other carrier other than Verizon due to coverage. As for cable, I currently have DirecTV. I tend to switch around, between DirecTV, Uverse, and Time Warner and stay only long enough to have their promotional price. No need to negotiate. As for internet, Time Warner is my only choice, since I have their 30Mbps/5Mbps package. Uverse upload is too slow and down was maxed out @ 24Mbps.

Submitted by Coronita on May 5, 2014 - 11:13am.

UCGal wrote:
I switched cell to a discounted carrier (Ting - uses Sprint network)... that dropped my bill in half.

I have had ZERO luck with cable and am getting ready to cut the cord. I bought a cable modem when they raised the price of rental. While I was returning their modem I tried to negotiate a deal - they said I had the cheapest. I called BS.

I'm paying an outrageous amount for cable/internet. I don't rent their settop box - but do rent a cable card to use with my tivo. I have standard internet. The bill is sucktastically high.

Unfortunately I like the tivo interface - so I don't want to switch to dish or uverse (which don't have cablecards.) But might just switch to OTA and then I'll only be ripped off for internet prices.

The funny part of ATT uverse is that recently they started charging me for both the receiver for the TV and the gateway hub that both the receiver depends on and for which the internet goes through, citing "internet equipment charge"...

I'm like, seriously?

Submitted by FlyerInHi on May 7, 2014 - 5:11pm.

I just called and got att uverse reduced from $56 per month to $28 per month for max service up to 12mbps. 1 year contract.

kinda slow, but that's the fastest att provides in the area and that's good enough.

Submitted by kev374 on May 9, 2014 - 9:39am.

I'm with Time Warner cable and they suck... worst company to do business with. Their reps do not even have common sense to understand logic related to billing errors etc. I recently moved and was double billed for a period (billed at the old address and the new one simultaneously) and it took them an HOUR just to understand that simple issue and credit me.

Submitted by spdrun on May 9, 2014 - 9:45am.

^^^

No it isn't. Comcrap is. Sadly, they may be buying TWC.

Submitted by CA renter on May 9, 2014 - 3:42pm.

Funny. After reading this thread, TWC sent us a notice that they were increasing our (already overpriced) rate by over $20/month, and that's just with standard internet and NO extra movie channels, and NO phone! They wanted to charge almost $150/month!!! Thanks to this thread getting me riled up again, I called them and demanded they lower our price to an even lower amount than what they were billing us. The first department literally said that they were not allowed to make any service changes that would result in a lower bill!

Finally made it to the right department and got it lowered, but only by $2 less than our original rate, before the increase. If TWC doesn't wise up, they are going to go out of business. It's only because of dinosaurs who are resistant to change (like me) and sports freaks that they are still in business.

It took me almost an hour on the phone with TWC customer service to get this resolved.

We're seriously thinking about going to Dish TV/internet.

Way to treat your loyal, long-time customers, TWC! :(

Submitted by bearishgurl on May 9, 2014 - 4:13pm.

Cox offers 24-mo price locks and charges only $2 for every month early that you terminate your price-lock guarantee.

I pay $140 for all three services with one box but my bill will go down to $128 after my last kid leaves for college (will swap out DVR & DVR svc for regular box).

I can't complain. We have four families in my immediate vicinity who have u-verse but that is only because they are either a current AT&T employee (1) or are retired from AT&T (3). These families get very steep discounts from AT&T due to their "special status." U-verse only offers us DSL and a sub-contract with DirecTV who mounts a small dish on your fascia board. We don't have fiber optic or buried cable around here .... yet.

Piggs should be aware that once u-verse comes in to install on a home which was previously served by cable, they spend hours gutting your entire cable setup, including telephone. You can keep your same landline telephone number but may no longer be able to send or receive faxes from it. If you later decide you want to return to cable service, your cable provider will likely charge you $300-$400 to replace and rebuild all of its hardware outside and inside your house before you can get cable service again.

U-verse makes it look enticing with their constant mailers of $300 - $400 (debit-card) rebates to sign an installment contract with them but there is an eventual price to pay for everything.

I realize that TWC has a monopoly on certain parts of SD County, as does Cox, but it seems that they should be offering price-lock guarantees as well.

Submitted by an on May 9, 2014 - 8:07pm.

TWC for TV is quite expensive. I have TWC for internet 30Mbps down and 5Mbps up for $55/month and I have DirecTV with everything except movie channels for $45/month (including 2 receivers and whole home DVR service). So, combined, I'm paying $110/month for both service. If I had comparable service all w/ TWC, it would be ~$150/month.

Submitted by an on May 9, 2014 - 8:09pm.

bearishgurl wrote:
Piggs should be aware that once u-verse comes in to install on a home which was previously served by cable, they spend hours gutting your entire cable setup, including telephone. You can keep your same landline telephone number but may no longer be able to send or receive faxes from it. If you later decide you want to return to cable service, your cable provider will likely charge you $300-$400 to replace and rebuild all of its hardware outside and inside your house before you can get cable service again.
Not always true and not true for everyone. I switched between TWC, Uverse, DirecTV many times. Never once did any of them charge extra for installation.

Submitted by CA renter on May 11, 2014 - 1:26am.

AN wrote:
TWC for TV is quite expensive. I have TWC for internet 30Mbps down and 5Mbps up for $55/month and I have DirecTV with everything except movie channels for $45/month (including 2 receivers and whole home DVR service). So, combined, I'm paying $110/month for both service. If I had comparable service all w/ TWC, it would be ~$150/month.

We had satellite TV years ago, but had to go back to cable because we kept losing the signal. Do you have problems with this?

I would love to get away from TWC.

Submitted by spdrun on May 11, 2014 - 3:41am.

A combination of Netflix, terrestrial HDTV, and BitTorrent basically makes cable or satellite TV obsolete these days. Just get good Internet access and forget the TeeVee part.

Submitted by barnaby33 on May 11, 2014 - 7:16am.

You could all give up your TV, it's just making you dumber anyway.
Josh

Submitted by Coronita on May 11, 2014 - 9:40am.

So exactly what is everyone's cable+internet tv bill these days?

Mine's about $125/month for both, most of which is cable...

But I'm seeing people say that it's $110/month or so for both..So maybe that's the prevailing prices...

It's just to me seem excessive. $100/month is about how much I use to drip into a passive index fund after taxes when I first started working and was dirt poor...And I thought that was a no brainer....

Maybe I'll cut the cord and just do OTA for the local channels.

Submitted by spdrun on May 11, 2014 - 10:14am.

Keep in mind that landline service was pretty expensive 20 years ago. I recall something like a $30/mo base charge on my family's bill, then 20 or 25 cents per minute for calls outside of our immediate calling area. The local calling area wasn't a whole area code, just a few towns in a 5 mile or so radius; you had to look up the 3-digit prefix in the phone book to make sure you wouldn't be charged.

With work calls and the like, $80-$100/mo was pretty normal. And a cable bill would have been extra.

$55/mo cheapie cell phone plan + $110/mo cable with internet and unlimited landline calling is $165/mo. Not so different from $90/mo for phone + $40/mo for cable = $130/mo. Adjust for inflation and add Internet, cell phone, and calling features(*), and the deal starts to look good.

(*)- some areas were still on electromechanical phone switching in the 90s, meaning no caller ID, no call waiting, no forwarding, etc.

Submitted by an on May 11, 2014 - 1:46pm.

CA renter wrote:
AN wrote:
TWC for TV is quite expensive. I have TWC for internet 30Mbps down and 5Mbps up for $55/month and I have DirecTV with everything except movie channels for $45/month (including 2 receivers and whole home DVR service). So, combined, I'm paying $110/month for both service. If I had comparable service all w/ TWC, it would be ~$150/month.

We had satellite TV years ago, but had to go back to cable because we kept losing the signal. Do you have problems with this?

I would love to get away from TWC.

Nope. Had DirecTV on and off for 5+ years and never had any problem.

Submitted by CA renter on May 11, 2014 - 5:15pm.

Thanks, AN.

Submitted by CA renter on May 18, 2014 - 5:09pm.

AN wrote:
TWC for TV is quite expensive. I have TWC for internet 30Mbps down and 5Mbps up for $55/month and I have DirecTV with everything except movie channels for $45/month (including 2 receivers and whole home DVR service). So, combined, I'm paying $110/month for both service. If I had comparable service all w/ TWC, it would be ~$150/month.

Hold onto your wallet, AN. AT&T is now trying to buy DirecTV.

I think the Comcast-TWC deal is why TWC tried to increase my bill. These mergers are almost always bad for consumers and employees.

Submitted by svelte on July 27, 2014 - 11:04am.

We installed Roku 3 yesterday.

What an amazing little box. We have decided to subscribe to Amazon TV and HuluPlus, run it through our Roku and drop cable.

By my calculation that'll save us $70+ a month (our cable TV bill is about $130/mo, buying the shows my wife likes on Amazon + HuluPlus is $38/mo, plus I'm sure we'll buy more shows here and there to bring us to $50-60 per month)

I'm so frustrated with the Cox site and the way they try to obfuscate everything, I can't wait to give them the boot. It will be a very fun phone call to make Monday morning.

Submitted by joec on July 27, 2014 - 12:29pm.

I always thought it was cheaper to just not subscribe to anything and just BUY any Blu-ray / DVD shows you really like on sale. This depends on how much time you have to watch actually.

Also good to just use the library for movie rentals and purchase seasons of shows you like a lot since the library doesn't tend to carry tv shows as much. Most tv shows can be had for $10 a season or so on sale?

I think my wife got Weeds on blu-ray complete for $35 bucks.

Downsides of course is you need to wait for the season or show to be over, but I'm ok with that since I like to binge watch and don't like waiting each week at a cliff hanger. Of course, you won't be invited to the water cooler to talk about what happened last night on GoT or OitNB.

Submitted by svelte on July 27, 2014 - 1:08pm.

I actually don't watch much TV and could do with just random watching of whatever's free.

But she has a set of shows that she wants to see ASAP...we negotiated that set this weekend and it's pretty reasonable, 12 shows some of which we can get by default from HuluPlus. Nine of them we'll have to pay for individually, but going Roku/Amazon/Hulu to do that is still saving us north of $700 per year compared to cable.

And I just discovered and watched the "Drunk History" episode on San Francisco this afternoon. If you haven't seen it, you gotta watch that! (free on Amazon if you're a prime member) Hilarious!

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 27, 2014 - 3:35pm.

You could just pirate bay, if you so choose. I've been told that, oftentimes, in California you can watch the shows ahead of them showing on network tv because of time zones.

I put an hd UHF VHF antenna in my attic in Vegas for all the local channels. HD is actually sharper than on cable because the broadcast is not compressed like it is on cable.

Problem with condos is that you can't mount an antenna outside. Builders should just put an antenna on the roof to share with all residents. That's why it was sad to see Aero lose the Supreme Court case.

Also, if you're friends with your neighbors, you can share wifi. Good way to cut costs.

Submitted by CA renter on July 28, 2014 - 1:43am.

FlyerInHi wrote:
You could just pirate bay, if you so choose. I've been told that, oftentimes, in California you can watch the shows ahead of them showing on network tv because of time zones.

I put an hd UHF VHF antenna in my attic in Vegas for all the local channels. HD is actually sharper than on cable because the broadcast is not compressed like it is on cable.

Problem with condos is that you can't mount an antenna outside. Builders should just put an antenna on the roof to share with all residents. That's why it was sad to see Aero lose the Supreme Court case.

Also, if you're friends with your neighbors, you can share wifi. Good way to cut costs.

We have neighbors who share wifi and use Pirate Bay. Sometimes, we feel like the last idiots because we insist on paying for everything. Wish we could just pay those who create and produce it, and not have to pay so much to the middlemen.

Submitted by svelte on July 28, 2014 - 7:45am.

I'm not going to pirate anything. I don't mind paying a fair price for what I actually want to buy.

The problem I have with cable is that I have to buy packages with content that is mostly stations we don't watch. I am forced to buy 280 stations to get the 30 we want. Way, way, way out of whack.

That bites deep into my pocket which is going to stop now.

And I'm too private a person to share a wifi connection with a neighbor, even though that is not cheating any supplier out of anything.

My wife is pushing to get rid of cable internet too, so if I can find another way to get internet into the house with reasonable speed, it may get axed too.

Submitted by PCinSD on July 28, 2014 - 5:03pm.

I watch a lot of tv. My Directv bill (cancelled it today) was $153/month.

I purchased the Roku 3 a few days ago and like it. I use a friends Netflix account and HBOGo account. That alone is enough to keep me busy. I will miss a couple of Showtime shows: Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. I'm sure those will be available online soon enough.

What I'm missing is local live tv and the news/sports that come with it. I'm going to pick up a Mohu HD antenna to get those, and a SimpleTV dual tuner DVR to go with it.

So, from $153/month to zero. Shoulda done it sooner.

Submitted by spdrun on July 28, 2014 - 5:20pm.

And I'm too private a person to share a wifi connection with a neighbor, even though that is not cheating any supplier out of anything.

If the modem is in your house and the neighbor pays YOU for 50% of the Internet bill, then you can get a router that allows them to use a "guest" network, which is 99% firewalled from your home network.

Submitted by svelte on July 28, 2014 - 7:15pm.

pabloesqobar wrote:

I purchased the Roku 3 a few days ago and like it. I use a friends Netflix account and HBOGo account. That alone is enough to keep me busy. I will miss a couple of Showtime shows: Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. I'm sure those will be available online soon enough.

What I'm missing is local live tv and the news/sports that come with it. I'm going to pick up a Mohu HD antenna to get those, and a SimpleTV dual tuner DVR to go with it.

Let me know how that antenna and tuner work out...I may copy that.

There aren't many local stations on Roku, that's for sure. I did find you can get San Diego Fox 5 through LiveStream (a channel choice that comes default from Roku) and about 100 other local news channels around the country. (try watching local news from Newark from your cable account - ha ha!)

But as of yet, KUSI, ABC San Diego, NBC San Diego, and CBS San Diego are not there. I bet within a year or two, they will be.

Doesn't bother me that much as we never watch local TV news except during an emergency and I can always watch them on my computer during those times....but I might but an antenna and tuner as backup should the internet go down during an emergency.

Besides, I found Fox 5 had the best fire coverage during the May fires.

Submitted by UCGal on July 28, 2014 - 7:28pm.

Since this thread I tried cancelling video cable altogether... It was a painful process with time warner - over 40 minutes on the phone followed by over an hour at the retail store to return my cable card.

I thought I cancelled video altogether and just kept internet... but it looks like they have me coded for basic (standard def) cable. I'd mentally prepared for no more AMC, CNN, HGTV, Bravo. (I like junk tv.)

I also bitched enough that my bill is now less than the "standard" internet rate. Not sure how long that will last - but my bill with all the fees and stuff is now about $35/month. That's a huge drop.

I wish there were an alternative for internet. ATT DSL is kind of crappy according to neighbors.

Submitted by spdrun on July 28, 2014 - 7:33pm.

I think that blocking the basic cable channels (which come unencrypted) might actually take more effort on their part than leaving them unblocked.

Can you get Fiber to the Premises anywhere in the SD area?

Submitted by no_such_reality on July 28, 2014 - 9:28pm.

UCGal wrote:

I wish there were an alternative for internet. ATT DSL is kind of crappy according to neighbors.

Your neighbors are being polite

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 28, 2014 - 9:54pm.

I use the Clearstream 2V antenna. It's in my attic. works well for local broadcast.

If live in a house, even with HOA, you can attach it on the outside of your house. The HOA cannot prevent you because of Federal law.

But if you live in a condo, then the HOA will prevent you from attaching to the physical structure. All you can do is attach it to a mast.

One of my condos in Vegas is on the top floor and I have access to the attic. Works from in there. it's nice to give the tenant the option of free local TV.

http://www.amazon.com/Antennas-Direct-C2...

Submitted by svelte on July 29, 2014 - 6:51am.

UCGal wrote:
Since this thread I tried cancelling video cable altogether... It was a painful process with time warner - over 40 minutes on the phone followed by over an hour at the retail store to return my cable card.

heh. Yeah, I called Cox to cancel, their automated menu said "Press x if you are buying service or upgrading", "Press y if you are downgrading service or canceling". Hmmm. I wonder why they separate those out? :-) Think both get the same wait times?

It took 18 minutes to reach a rep. When she came on and I told her I was dropping TV, she asked if I had already installed another service. When I said "yes", she put me on hold again and didn't come back for another 12 minutes.

All the time, I'm thinking...this is just another reason I'm glad I'm leaving.

Submitted by spdrun on July 29, 2014 - 8:00am.

When the droid asks you reason for cancellation: "I'm moving out of the country and selling the property."

Absolutely nothing they can say or do to keep you, so that's probably the quickest way. No reason to be honest to a bunch of corporate pigs.

Submitted by Doofrat on July 29, 2014 - 1:21pm.

We were having issues with the cable TV with TW. The cable box kept resetting or would need to be reset, the voices didn't line up with the video, and sometimes they'd have disputes with the networks and the channel would be blocked.
Decided in January to switch to just using an Apple TV and a subscription to Hulu.
I took the cable box down to the TW station to return and expected a bunch of rigmarole, but the lady just said why are you cancelling and I said I don't watch it anymore. End of story. I was actually kind of shocked. They even gave me the $10 off the Internet you get when you bundle cable with Internet. I was in and out of the place in under 5 mins.
Also, don't miss cable at all, not even a little bit. In the last 6 mos, Hulu has cost what two weeks of cable cost.

Submitted by CA renter on July 29, 2014 - 4:20pm.

I love these stories! :)

Submitted by spdrun on July 29, 2014 - 4:43pm.

It's a lot harder to play dirty ball with someone in person (especially if there are other customers waiting in line and listening) than over the phone.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 12, 2014 - 10:03pm.

so much content online these days...

I used to record the PBS Newshour on my Media Center PC. But now, I just watch it on youtube and just "send" it to the TV.

Has anyone used Wireless Display (WiDi)? I'm thinking about getting a WiDi laptop to use in conjunction with the TV. Would be nice to easily move Internet content onto the TV.

Submitted by an on August 12, 2014 - 10:11pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:
so much content online these days...

I used to record the PBS Newshour on my Media Center PC. But now, I just watch it on youtube and just "send" it to the TV.

Has anyone used Wireless Display (WiDi)? I'm thinking about getting a WiDi laptop to use in conjunction with the TV. Would be nice to easily move Internet content onto the TV.

WiDi suck. At least the version I've seen. Refresh rate is not good. It's more for presentation than video. I would look into Miracast if you want wireless display.

Submitted by UCGal on August 13, 2014 - 7:41am.

Are widi and miracast supposed to be like chromecast - casting a tab?

I use chromecast sometimes to watch amazon prime - by casting the tab to the tv. But it tends to hang a LOT.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 13, 2014 - 8:49am.

Thanks, I went to Best Buy for a demo of WiDI. But they didn't have anything to show.

My TV doesn't support miracast so that means buying another box and having to switch inputs.

YouTube casting to the smart TV works well (from a paired windows laptop or iPad). It used to hang but for some reason it works well now. As a result, I've been watching more YouTube. As background, I usually watch one national news broadcast and PBS newshour everyday. Glad to have one less thing to record.

I guess for now, I'll stick to the media center PC with wireless keyboard. I don't like the background noise of the fan or the looks of it even though all the cables are inside the cabinet or inside the wall. But so far, the greatest content (like foreign news programs) is only accessible via PC.

Submitted by Hobie on August 13, 2014 - 10:15am.

So you ditched Boxee over the media PC?

Submitted by spdrun on August 13, 2014 - 10:39am.

Media center PCs are also nice because you can store programs and download Torrents, vs a dedicated TV box which only pulls them down from the cloud. The latter has no guarantee of future availability.

WiDi is cool, but I'd rather just watch stuff without being dependent on streaming from a laptop and have it just play.

Submitted by an on August 13, 2014 - 10:49am.

UCGal wrote:
Are widi and miracast supposed to be like chromecast - casting a tab?

I use chromecast sometimes to watch amazon prime - by casting the tab to the tv. But it tends to hang a LOT.

WiDi and Miracast are protocol for wireless display while Chromecast is an actual product. I'm not sure which technology Google use for Chromecast. Miracast is a standard while WiDi is pushed by Intel.

Submitted by UCGal on August 13, 2014 - 11:22am.

AN wrote:
UCGal wrote:
Are widi and miracast supposed to be like chromecast - casting a tab?

I use chromecast sometimes to watch amazon prime - by casting the tab to the tv. But it tends to hang a LOT.

WiDi and Miracast are protocol for wireless display while Chromecast is an actual product. I'm not sure which technology Google use for Chromecast. Miracast is a standard while WiDi is pushed by Intel.

Thanks, AN.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 13, 2014 - 1:34pm.

spdrun wrote:
Media center PCs are also nice because you can store programs and download Torrents, vs a dedicated TV box which only pulls them down from the cloud. The latter has no guarantee of future availability.

WiDi is cool, but I'd rather just watch stuff without being dependent on streaming from a laptop and have it just play.

Yes, Media Center PC is most powerful since it will do everything a computer can, including download, store and play.

A streaming device is just that and not very versatile.

I like YouTube's implementation on Smart TVs or streaming devices, such as Roku and Boxee. You can browse on any device then click play to TV.

If the industry wants better convergence, there should be an easy solution to play all videos to TV.

This is all very interesting stuff. The old TV/Cable model is in danger.

I think that a whole lot more people would drop cable altogether if they already had an HDTV antenna installed on their roofs to try out. I have plans to do it for my dad... but haven't gotten around to it.

Submitted by ltsddd on August 13, 2014 - 8:41pm.

UCGal wrote:
Are widi and miracast supposed to be like chromecast - casting a tab?

I use chromecast sometimes to watch amazon prime - by casting the tab to the tv. But it tends to hang a LOT.

The bottleneck could be your wireless router. You might want to upgrade if you have an older/slower wireless router. Check out these latest wireless 802.11ac routers

http://www.cnet.com/topics/networking/be...

Submitted by joec on August 14, 2014 - 8:36am.

Whatever happened to wireless HD? That has very little latency and I've seen videos of people gaming on it with their laptops/large screen TVs...

Saw a few products, but really nothing in a long while...